Accession Number:

ADA106284

Title:

An Economic Comparison of Passively Conditioned Underground Houses.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1981-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

143.0

Abstract:

The availability of cheap energy sources and the perfection of inexpensive, convenient heating and cooling systems has made the climate controlled environment an integral and irreversible part of American life. However, the current shortage and high cost of fuel is threatening the quality and perhaps the availability of the climate-controlled environment. To prolong the life of the climate controlled environment, the national policy has been one of promoting conservation of the fuels that are available and promoting alternative energy systems that are often of high technology or of energy intensive materials. Fortunately, a grass roots response to the lack of energy has been an increase in the interest and construction of underground or earth-sheltered housing. The underground house, featuring a covering of earth on walls and roof, offers a high degree of energy conservation through low technology construction and the use of low energy intensive materials. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Electric Power Production and Distribution
  • Air Conditioning, Heating, Lighting and Ventilating
  • Structural Engineering and Building Technology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE